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Unbeaten in their last four games, Nashville SC Welcome Chicago fire to Nissan Stadium on Saturday, looking to cement their spot in the MLS Eastern Conference playoff spots.
Previously struggling visitors have enjoyed a resurgence of late, following back-to-back victories, defeating Atlanta United and Orlando City recently, so travel south in hopes of closing the gap with Tennessee-based rivals. .
Nashville approaches this weekend’s action ranking fifth in the Eastern Conference standings and will defend an unbeaten record at Nissan Stadium when the Chicago Fire arrives in Music City.
While his local record shows potential to compete at the top end of the table this period, Gary smithMen lead the league in draws so far, with seven of 12 games, and thus are five points behind leading New England Revolution, albeit with one game in hand.
However, they have shown resistance by coming back two goals on three separate occasions to score a point, before coming back to lead Atalanta last time, only to concede a draw that ultimately saw shared spoils.
For Smith’s team, it was perhaps another case of two lost points, as if it weren’t for a couple of tight offside decisions and a fickle finish in the second half, they would most likely have scored a second win in a row. .
Introduced to MLS as an expansion side last year, Nashville harbors expectations of advancing to the playoffs again, with its next three games against teams currently outside the top half of the rankings, two of which will host. on the banks of the Cumberland. River.
Their only previous MLS game with Chicago was late last year, a 1-1 home draw from which they were lucky enough to earn a point, so one of the league’s new guys will be looking for a first competitive win over them on saturday night. .
After a losing streak of three straight games, which they also failed to score each time, the Chicago Fire are now undefeated in three straight games.
With a total of nine goals during this miraculous turnaround in fortunes, the club that was radically revamped last year has revitalized seemingly lost hopes of a playoff push, but still has a lot of ground to make up this summer. Six points behind the New York Red Bulls, who now rank sixth in the East, there is a lot to play for, but the Swiss coach Raphael wickyThe team needs three more points this weekend.
Having previously passed Atlanta’s three with no response, Robert Beric He gave Chicago the lead for the second time in the 72nd minute against Orlando City last Wednesday, with his first goal since the first weekend, before the Fire defeated the visitors 3-1.
Former Real Madrid midfielder, previously abandoned due to lack of form Alvaro Medran provided the final ball for two of those goals to record his fourth and fifth assists of the season, all in the last three games, while the substitute Chinese Offor added a touch of sparkle to the scoreboard deep in injury time.
Despite having less ball in each of their recent victories, Wicky’s men have proven capable of creating various scoring opportunities and clinically seizing them. As a result, the first time all year Chicago has avoided defeat in two straight games may even provide a platform to do it three of three after a difficult trip to Tennessee.
Chicago coach Raphael Wicky spotted the Polish midfielder Przemyslaw Frankowski he scored his first goal of the season after returning from international service at the European Championship earlier this month and should join Álvaro Medran in the engine room. The Spanish playmaker responded well to a tough love from Wicky, who dropped the former Valencian and asked him to improve defensively, being the team’s most productive creator since his return to the first XI.
After the conclusion of his nation’s career in the Copa América, Paraguay Gaston Gimenez came back from the bank last time and is now a contender to start with, but Francisco Calvo continues to represent Costa Rica in the Gold Cup, so it is not available for selection on Saturday.
Although the substitute goalkeeper of the Fire Kenneth kronholm remains sidelined while recovering from knee surgery, first-choice plug Bobby shuttleworth has conceded only once in the last two games; making several important saves. Exterior Stanislav IvanovMeanwhile, he is much closer to his return after knee surgery and could possibly be part of the squad.
The hosts will be left without a number of players due to Gold Cup duty, including the Canadian defender. Alistair johnston, midfielder Hannibal Godoy of Panama and central defense of the United States. Walker zimmerman.
Nashville benefited from the Chicago cleanup last year as they brought in the captain of the Fire Dax mccarty, and the central midfielder recently moved to fifth place in the all-time outfield appearances standings in MLS history. The veteran former US international will once again line up alongside Brian Anunga in the middle.
Possible starting lineup for Nashville SC:
Willis; Maher, Anibaba, Romney; Muyl, Leal, Anunga, McCarty, Lovitz; Mukhtar, Sapong
Possible starting lineup for the Chicago Fire:
Shuttleworth; Kappelhof, Pineda, Bornstein; Sekulic, Giménez, Herbers, Medran, Frankowski; Aliseda, Beric
Correct Score: Nashville SC 1-1 Chicago Fire
Nashville’s draw specialists have shown a weakness when facing seemingly beatable opposition this period, as they have only won two of nine games against teams in the last seven of the standings, so they may again fail to achieve. get the job done despite home advantage.
Meanwhile, Chicago’s resurgence has improved beyond recognition over the past month, so it should pick up another point along the way.
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